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Newslinks for Saturday September 17, 2011

Posted on 09/17/2011

5:00pm THE LATEST NEWS

Videos:

Perry maintains 7-point lead over Romney in the wake of last week’s debate- The Weekly Standard

Texas governor demands the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state – The American Spectator

Mitt Romney becomes the latest GOP presidential candidate to court Donald Trump’s support – Politico Romney

LA Catholic archbishop: California bill backed by Gov. Jerry Brown would undermine parental rights – National Review Online

Don’t ask, don’t tell repeal set to take effect on Tuesday – CNN

THE LATEST OPINION

The Weekly Standard – The Solyndra scandal exemplifies the Obama’s economic policies

Paul Kengor – The deficit, the rich and the tea party 

Robert Knight – Obama tears up the Constitution

Steve Chapman - Why Obama should not seek re-election 

2:00pm THE LATEST NEWS

Video: Regulations killing jobs and prolonging high unemployment.

Pressure continues to build from top Democrats for President Obama to dump his top aides as his approval ratings slide:

  • White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley faces the brunt of their ire – Politico Daley
  • James Carville is right about the White House staff, but that’s it – US News and World Report
  • Will Obama purge aides, unlikely? – NPR

Experts warn the Republican presidential candidates’ fixation with Social Security reform could give the Democrats a ‘potent’ election issue – Fox News

Santorum wins Pennsylvania straw poll beating Romney and Perry – Politico

Ohio tea party activist announces plans to challenge Boehner in 2012 – Fox News

THE LATEST OPINION

Toby Harnden – Perry’s now the frontrunner, but he needs game

Rich Lowry – Romney is outperforms Perry

Jonah Goldberg – Obama facing the winter of his presidency

CONHOME GUEST OPINION

Mark Mackowiak – Americans are increasingly tuning Obama out

11:15am THE LATEST NEWS

House committee: Did the Obama administration leave Solyndra oversight to the administration’s friends?

  • Second top Obama fundraiser linked to Solyndra helped monitor the issuance of $25 billion in Obama (1)
    “green energy” loan guarantees – Los Angeles Times
  • Possible conflict of interest in Solyndra loan guarantee as evidence shows Argonaut, an investment banking firm backed by chief investor and Obama administration bundler, George Kaiser, was allowed to participate – The New York Times
  • See the Solyndra e-mails unfiltered - the House Energy and Commerce Committee

SEIU backs down from Sodexo shakedown amid RICO lawsuit threat – Red State

Company involved in White House pressuring of Air Force general’s congressional testimony was owned by major Democratic donors – Hot Air 

New book suggests the Obama White House could be anti-woman, cites high turnover of female aides. Former aide suggests: ‘This place would be in court for a hostile workplace.’:

  • Book: Obama White House has a ‘real woman problem’ – Fox News
  • The WH ‘a genuinely hostile workplace for women’ – Politico
  • Christina Romer: 'I felt like a peace of meat' - The Washington Post

E-mails: Obama administration ignored information that Obamacare’s long-term care provision would be a disaster – The Atlantic 

Fast and furious Mexican gunrunning plan included effort to sell rocket launchers – Red State

Palestinian official suggests Obama administration convinced it to seek U.N. approval for statehood – Ha’aretz

THE LATEST OPINION

Human Events – Are Fast and Furious guns coming to a town near you?

Charles Krauthammer – The great 'Ponzi' debate

Bill O’Reilly – Are you poor? 

CONHOME USA GUEST OPINION

Lowman Henry: ‘It’s the unemployment, stupid!’ 

Videos:

Perry electability concerns mirror worries about Reagan from 1980

“As it happens, that is the same question that dogged Ronald Reagan in 1980, right up until he won a 5035421110_rick_perry_yo1_large  smashing general-election victory over President Jimmy Carter. So maybe the real question is whether Rick Perry could be another Ronald Reagan.” - WSJ

Romney slams Perry as unemployment rises in Texas

The former Massachusetts governor said in a press release that the Texas unemployment rate has doubled from 4.2% since Mr. Perry took office in January 2001. - WSJ

“Texas is not immune to the effects of the national recession. Even during this national economic downturn, which the president’s misguided policies have only worsened, Texas remains the nation’s top economy, attracting jobs and growing by more than 1,000 people a day” – writes The Boston Herald quoting a Perry spokesman. 

Seniors tuning out Perry, Romney rhetoric over Social Security

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry says America is ready for some blunt talk on Social Security. Mitt Romney, Perry’s top rival for the Republican presidential nomination, says talk is good, just not so blunt. But the seniors both are trying to reach don’t seem particularly interested — or worried — about what either has to say. “ - The Washington Post

Report: ACORN-affiliated group gets over $300K in taxpayer money - The Daily Caller 

Solyndra sought second loan $469 million guarantee, SEC filings show - The Daily Caller

  • “The Energy Department, under fire over its management of a program that offers loan guarantees to clean-technology companies, has been finalizing additional multimillion-dollar loan guarantees in the program at a rate of more than one a week since the beginning of August. It now has just two weeks left to commit the program’s remaining $9.3 billion.” - The Washington Post

Scandals undermining Obama’s re-election message - Fox News Obama

  • "The optics of a Solyndra default will be bad. The timing will likely coincide with the 2012 campaign season heating up," says Bloomberg Businessweek quoting an internal White House email. - Business Week
  • “Obama’s top political adviser on Friday issued a memo to the Sunday news show producers and other reporters that concludes Obama is in strong shape for another four years in the Oval Office.” - The Hill

Clinton nostalgia rises as Obama’s poll numbers sink  Hillary

  • Hillary scores higher poll numbers than Obama - The New York Post
  • "Just as Barack Obama’s approval ratings crater, here come the Clintons: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was just voted the most popular political figure in the country, and Bill Clinton, the never-reticent ex-president, will reclaim the world stage this weekend and dominate the Sunday talk shows." - Politico
  • The poll, conducted after Obama's economic address to Congress last week, shows worrying signs for the president, with 72 percent of Americans saying they believed the country was on the wrong track and more than half fearing the economy was either already in, or at least headed for, a double dip recession - Fox News  

House GOP sees promise in ‘slivers’ of Obama jobs plan 

"Along with the tax increases on charitable deductions and capital gains that Obama proposed, the GOP leaders singled out federal dollars for school construction, neighborhood grants and payments to state and local governments as “a repeat or continuation of spending from his 2009 stimulus bill,” which the party broadly views as a failure." - The Hill 

  • "The House GOP says it is willing to work with Obama on slivers of his jobs proposal, and the memo indicates that Republicans are interested in passing some measures." - Politico
  • "If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to pass President Barack Obama’s jobs plan anytime soon, he might have to use a House-passed repeal of the president’s signature health care reform to do it." - Roll Call 

Bachmann’s loose lips hurting her campaign Bachmann

  • "It is a pattern her current and former aides know well — her tendency to let her passion for an issue overwhelm a sober look at the facts, resulting in indefensible remarks that, in a presidential primary race, are raising questions about her judgment and maturity." - The New York Times
  • “She says stuff without thinking there’s going to be any repercussions. I think she can get away with that in Congress. I don’t think that you can as president," says Politico, quoting a former senior Bachmann staffer.
  • "It is Bachmann, not Perry, who would put girls and women at greater health risk based on moral confusion and public health illiteracy." - Michael Gerson in the Washington Post

> Yesterday at The Republican: Bachmann's shoot-from-the-lip habit just keeps getting worse...and has just about done her in

Palestinian threats to have the U.N. recognize their independence underscore failure of Obama’s Middle East policy

  • “In pushing forward with a U.N. resolution recognizing a Palestinian state, Palestinian leaders are thumbing their noses at the U.S., which has repeatedly warned against the gambit and pledged to veto any such measure presented to the U.N. Security Council.” - Politico
  • “In making his most explicit endorsement yet of a long-stated Palestinian strategy, Mr Abbas is effectively rewriting the rules of Middle East peace negotiations despite Israeli fury and a threat by the United States to stop him in his tracks by wielding its veto.” - The Telegraph
  • “One week before a U.N. showdown over Palestinian statehood, the Obama administration is confronting the stark new limits of its influence in the Middle East, including with its chief ally in the region, Israel.” - The Washington Post

New York Times-CBS poll shows Perry and Romney pulling ahead of the pack

Screen shot 2011-09-17 at 12.23.22 AM "Perry, at 23 percent, and Romney, at 16 percent, are the only two candidates with more than 10 percent support in the national poll, which was conducted from Sept. 10-15, after President Barack Obama announced his jobs proposal. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tied with 7 percent support." - Politico

Republican leadership in the House sends out a memo assessing Obama's jobs plan

The leaders cited trade agreements and incentives for small businesses and veterans as the ideas they liked the most, but signaled little support for proposals they said were too similar to provisions of the 2009 economic stimulus package. The Republicans also criticized, as they have repeatedly, the tax increases that the president proposes as a means to pay for his $447 billion plan. - The Hill

Rick Perry hones in on NY-9 and slams Obama over Israel - Robert Costa at The Corner

Other 2012 news:

  • Michele Bachmann slams "Perrycare" - her new name for Rick Perry's HPV record. - Wall Street Journal
  • And Jon Huntsman keeps up the attack on Perry over climate change. - The Hill

 Andy Card, Tom Daschle et. al. lay out a new trade agenda for America

"The United States—the country that fathered the modern world trading system—today has no real trade policy. Free trade agreements completed several years ago with South Korea, Panama and Colombia have yet to be approved by Congress. The Doha world trade talks have been dying a slow death for years. And the U.S. has let the European Union, Canada, China and other countries take the lead on trade opening with many of the fast-growing economies of Asia and Latin America. What has gone wrong?" - Wall Street Journal

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